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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

smaddox Re: Science, bitches, that's *how* it works! (182 comments)

A self consistent theory is never "wrong". It can, however, be used incorrectly by applying it to a system that does not follow the axioms. Our universe follows Newton's axioms within experimental error at moderate size and energy scales. At much smaller or larger scales, the axioms no longer describe our universe and as a result the theory no longer applies.

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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

smaddox Re: TSA is unnecessary (184 comments)

Sealing the cockpit is necessary. Random bomb sniffing dogs is a great idea. Pretty much all of the rest is extraneous.

about a week ago
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Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

smaddox Re:Cheap? (52 comments)

Already done. I forget who the original company to do it was, but that's likely where they got the idea.

about two weeks ago
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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

smaddox Re:Byebye supercooling, hello pressure containment (80 comments)

My take is that the theory for most high temperature superconductors is incomplete, which makes it difficult to find even higher temperature superconductors (because we don't know what to look for). In contrast, the superconductivity present in this sample is well understood and thus these results might suggest where to look next.

about two weeks ago
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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

smaddox Re:Can someone explain to me (80 comments)

Yeah, there's clearly some issue with that figure. Figure 2b seems to support the claim, though. This draft needs some serious editing. I would never submit something at this rough of a state.

about two weeks ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

smaddox Re:That's not a solution... (164 comments)

Yeah, they should have just used 128 bit integers.

about two weeks ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

smaddox Re: 5th Admendment? (446 comments)

Mod patent as insightful! I've never heard it put that way, but there's likely some truth there. However, I don't know how many errors occur during copying vs during normal cell life.

Also, we now know that there's a third form of evolution involving DNA sharing (I forget the technical term). Humans have a lot of junk DNA from retro viruses, for example, that could be reactivated by a few mutations (usually to the detriment of the human).

Obviously, this is not my area of expertise, but it's fascinating.

about two weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

smaddox A plausible method of intergalactic travel? (184 comments)

If you could accelerate an interstellar ship enough the intercept one of these exiting stars, you could orbit it and use it's radiation to sustain the colony. Eventually, the colony could reach another galaxy.

Of course, this assumes building and accelerating an interstellar ship to c/3 is feasible, which is still a bit of a stretch, though not impossible.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

smaddox Re: Just a thought (115 comments)

Drone regulations won't prevent this from happening. I'm not sure how it's relevant.

about three weeks ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

smaddox Re: Go get more? (65 comments)

My understanding is that Mars is not tectonically active, so there might be a lot of 4.4 billion year old rocks just below the surface.

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

smaddox Re: GM will have a model come out. (293 comments)

Hydrogen can be produced from the electrolysis of water using any electric power source including wind, solar, and nuclear.

about three weeks ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

smaddox Re: IQ of congress (163 comments)

Cognitive dissonance. The mind is not internally consistent.

about 1 month ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

smaddox Re:Needs larger sample set. (123 comments)

Just skimmed the associated paper. This isn't my area of expertise, but the data is not all that convincing to me. Most of the samples were near the break-even point (neither selfish nor altruistic). It passes a p-test, but the sample set is pretty small, and systematic errors could easily sway the result.

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

smaddox Re: The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

Agreed. It is interesting for those of us who invest in the stock market, though.

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

smaddox Re:A cost equation (203 comments)

Unless the question is "How do you feed all the humans in a capitalistic economy, when all of the labor is performed by robots?"

Okay, I guess you could answer "more robots" to that, too, but that would be ignoring the question of who is going to pay for the robots.

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

smaddox Sheltering people is not the solution (316 comments)

Sheltering people from radical ideas is not the solution, for the same reason that sheltering children doesn't work in the long run. Instead, educate them. Give them the tools of rational and critical thinking, and then let them choose for themselves.

about a month ago

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